View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Mon Apr 4th, 2016 11:15 pm
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Even with floor seating, it is impossible to put 101,000 into that stadium especially when you consider production seat kills and the field level suites being covered by moveable seating tiers. There is some seating flexibility from what is called rail seating. The seats in each fixed row are not anchored to the concrete. They're anchored to a rail which is then anchored to the concrete. By removing the armrests from each rail, an extra seat can be added to the row and expand the capacity. I'm not sure if that method was employed last night.

In addition to the seating bowl, AT&T Stadium has what it calls Party Plazas outside the stadium. These plazas have giants screens and stadium concessions and require a paid ticket for admission. So whether it's WrestleMania, the Cowboys, big concerts like George Strait or international soccer matches, AT&T Stadium counts the plaza fans in the total. It's ridiculous. Those fans aren't in the stadium itself and in fact could be anywhere. It would be like claiming the attendance for WrestleMania in 1985 was 500,000 by combining the MSG total with all the closed circuit TV venue crowds. My guess is they had 85,000 in the house and another 8,000 on the Party Plaza or the armrests were removed to get everyone indoors.

By the way, American Airlines in Dallas probably holds about 19,000 for Raw after seat kills are factored in. Right now there are 206 tickets on StubHub with a low price of $132 if you want to be on the highest tier. Lower level at mid ring is $417. People are asking for $450 up to $2,000 (good luck getting that) for floor seats.